4.5 Reasons to Attend the Gaithersburg Book Festival Instead of Preakness

For the past four years, I've faced an awful dilemma: choosing between Preakness and the Gaithersburg Book Festival, two stellar Maryland events held on the third Saturday in May. Well, maybe not such an awful dilemma... Since its inception in 2010, the Gaithersburg Book Festival has been on my list of must-attend events. The first two years I wasn't able to attend because of a work commitment to the Preakness. That changed last year. This year, I'm not just attending the festival; I have the honor of introducing author Beth Kanter, photographer Emily Goldstein and their book, Washington, DC Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Nation's Capital. I will also be working at the Washington Independent Review of Books booth. Stop by and say hi! If saying hi to me isn't reason enough (kidding, that's my half reason), here are four reasons (plus a bonus reason) why you should forgo the Preakness infield for the Gaithersburg Book Festival. The Authors and Their … [Read more...]

My USA Today Debut

Very excited to share my first article for USA Today. Its about what's new and notable -- or hot -- in Washington, D.C. And right now, what's hot is the 14th Street Corridor and its bustling foodie scene. I've also been working on a lot of food content for a new USA Today Travel web site as well as some cruise-related content for USA Today Travel's 10Best.com. Stay tuned!  What are your favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.? Share them with me in the comments below. … [Read more...]

Cookie Pop Recipe on Mom It Forward

I’m blogging over at Mom It Forward today. Please visit their blog and check out my food allergy friendly Cookie “Cake” Pop recipe. Here’s a photo to entice you. And one of my baking inspiration enjoying this treat. To get the recipe, visit Mom It Forward. If you give the recipe a try, leave a comment here or there and let me know how it turns out. Got questions? Leave those in the comment section too or email me. Enjoy! … [Read more...]